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Patterns of distribution of macrolichens in western parts of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve

Negi, Hans Raj and Gadgil, Madhav (1996) Patterns of distribution of macrolichens in western parts of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. In: Current Science (Bangalore), 71 (7). pp. 568-575.

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Abstract

A total of 76 species of macrolichens were recorded from 16 transects of 50 m x 10 m between altitudes of 2100 m and 4500 m in western parts of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve of Garhwal Himalayas. Forty-one of these are lignicolous species occurring on woody, 14 are terricolous growing on soil and 10 are saxicolous inhabiting rocks only, The other 11 species occur on more than one major types of substrate, Lichen species diversity is at its highest in middle altitudes between 2700 m and 3700 m where all three major substrates are simultaneously available, Lichen species diversity of Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve appears to be under threat from deforestation and fires, as well as from loss of soil microhabitats due to overgrowth of weeds seemingly caused by cessation of summer grazing in alpine pastures.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Indian Academy of Sciences.
Department/Centre: Division of Biological Sciences > Centre for Ecological Sciences
Date Deposited: 10 May 2011 05:15
Last Modified: 10 May 2011 05:15
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ernet.in/id/eprint/37457

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